Published On:September 21, 2016, 3:23 pm
On Monday, September 19, 2016, at least 18 aid convoy trucks on the way to delivering aids to Syrians, were struck by a Russian or Syrian aircraft near Aleppo, as stated by a war monitor, since the Syrian military held a week long ceasefire negotiated by Russia and the United States over.
Affirmed by the United Nations that the aid convoy was air struck, although they gave no other such information as to who executed the air attack and whether how many lives were lost, since the world leaders got together in New York for their annual U.N. gathering below the trace of recent violence in the Syrian civil war. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights which has been keeping a tab on the group stated that either Russian or Syrian aircraft was responsible for the Monday air attacks. They further totted up that since the ceasefire ended, there have been almost 35 strikes in and around Aleppo.
As told to a U.N. summit by Elhadj As Sy, secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, fourteen volunteers from Syrian Arab Red Crescent were killed. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric confirmed that at least 18 of 31 trucks and Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) convoy were struck along with an SARC warehouse. He further added that the aid convoy was on the way to deliver help/aid for almost 78,000 people in the inaccessible town of Urm al-Kubra in Aleppo Governorate.
The preliminary reports suggested that many people were killed and/or seriously injured, including the SARC volunteers, and that if the “callous attack” was a deliberate one it will amount to a war crime, as stated by U.N. aid Chief Stephen O'Brien.
Stephen said in a statement, "Notification of the convoy ... had been provided to all parties to the conflict and the convoy was clearly marked as humanitarian.” He even called for an immediate, independent investigation.
This latest attack seemed to signal the approach of the latest effort by the United States and Russia to arrest the Syria’s five and a half year civil war.
Senior Obama administration official said, "We don't know if it can be salvaged," he further added, "At this point the Russians have to demonstrate very quickly their seriousness of purpose because otherwise there will be nothing to extend and nothing to salvage."
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